The Warrior And The Arrow

Youth radicalization. High rise of crime. Insecurity. Drug abuse. Homosexuality and lesbianism. Poor marriages and divorce.

This is the sweet song around the globe, sung around the ears of the young generation. Parents can only cry out the pain of raising up a kid only to become a jihad. Governments can only arrest and kill a few their long arm can reach. The society and religious organizations can only watch helplessly from afar.

In the recent past, I’ve come across a number of incidents where parents openly defend their children while it’s clear the young ones are on the wrong. The Standard, one of the local dailies, reported of some parents who were mad at police officers for arresting primary students who had drunk and become unruly. I kept wondering, what kind of adults are these guardians developing?

The basis of any nation is the family. The strength of any society is determined by the health of the family. Parents and guardians are the custodians of God's Law. And they have been bestowed with a key responsibility to pass-on (evangelize) God's Commands to their children.

The warrior gives the arrow direction and momentum. He's the determinant factor. Parents have mandate to show their children the right ways – the ways of God.

No wonder it’s recorded, " Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

"Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell." Proverbs 23:13-14

We've aimless and perverted generation because our families have absconded their duty. We removed the Bible- God's Word- which is the best rod of correction from our midst. It's ironical that some nations have taken the Bible out of their schools and have left it in prisons. We can actually reduce the number of prisoners, if the Bible remained in schools.

In Genesis 18:17-19 " 17, the LORD said, "shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgement that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him."

God is watching to see whether among us there are people who instruct their children in His ways. Majority of citizens mourn injustice and corruption in the corridors of our courts and in the government offices, insecurity and terrorism which is surging. All these vices can be greatly dealt with if the rod (which is God's Word) stayed firmly in the hand of the parent.

Of the recent Nadome massacre that has hit news headlines for a couple of days, I’ve heard national leaders ask religious leaders take the gospel into the interior to help restore peace. That tells you our leaders know something: though it holds no AK47, the gospel has the power to destroy insecurity. I only wish it was done earlier – and, unfortunately, right now, more children are being though how to hold the arms than the Bible.

"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." Proverbs 22:15

These youths who are getting radicalized in terror groups and even those who are lost in drugs and prostitution; most of them have lacked direction and inspiration in their tender age; which is the key responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Remember, Parents, guardians, teachers and the society at large, that you're the custodians of the morals in our divers localities which MUST be derived from God's Word; You're the Warriors, Shoot Your Arrows-  your children- in the right direction within the correct motivation (strength).

Raising a Godly generation MUST be deliberate and we can't find an excuse. It's the Best LEGACY and the Best GIFT we'll have graced the world with!